St John’s College has a large community of Geography students.
As of October 2023, we will have three teaching Fellows in Geography, covering aspects of both Physical and Human Geography. The Director of Studies, Professor Neil Arnold, is Director of the University's Scott Polar Institute. There are also a number of graduate students doing Masters courses and Doctorates. The College has excellent library and computing facilities.
We provide financial support to help towards the cost of purchasing books that are essential for the course, and there are travel grants available to geographers to help to pay for long vacation projects.
Undergraduate geographers run the Purchas Society (the College Geographical Society), which organises both academic meetings and social occasions.
UCAS Code: L700
Typical Minimum Entry Requirements
A Level: A*AA
International Baccalaureate: 42 points, with 776 at Higher Level
Essential/Desirable Subjects: None
Submitted Work: None
Interview Assessment: None
Those invited for interview will usually have one interview with Director of Studies and a Teaching Fellow in Geography. The aim of the interview, which lasts for no more than 40 minutes, is to find out from you at first-hand about your motivation and aptitude for the course you have chosen. We conduct our interviews in a friendly and informal manner, and you should not feel daunted by the prospect of them. The interview will be subject focused and cover some technical and subject-related questions. No special preparation is necessary or indeed desirable.
We normally ask candidates to read a short extract from a geographical text immediately before the interview, which we will then ask you questions on in the interview. We also normally ask candidates to look at a graph, map, chart or other type of geographical data in the interview (time will be set aside for this), which again we ask questions about. As geography syllabuses vary between exam boards and for other types of qualifications, there are no set areas we ask candidates about, but we would typically ask questions around your interests in aspects of geography as discussed in your personal statement; aspects of the news or current affairs with geographical relevance; if you have written about any school project work on geography; or even places you have visited and your local home area.
We are looking for a wide but informed interest in geographical and other issues, and an awareness of the possibly unique perspective that a geographer can bring. Subjects within the broad geographical canon still excite us; we expect you to show a similar interest and passion.
A copy of Cambridge Geography, which describes the University Department, its staff, facilities and lecture courses, can be obtained from the Secretary of the Undergraduate School, Department of Geography, Downing Place, Cambridge, CB2 3EN; or you can visit their website.